Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Six school district jobs lost because of budget woes

December 16, 2009

Six people lost their jobs in the Baldwin School District Monday as the Baldwin School Board dealt with $359,994 in lost state aid.

The board also decided to form a committee to come up with additional cost-cutting measures, including the possible closing of schools, during Monday’s meeting.

“We’ve had to cut a lot of small things to try and add up to the amount of dollars we’ve had reduced in the district,” Supt. Paul Dorathy said. “I think that we’ve reached the point where we need to look at larger things in this district as possible cuts, because we are whittling away at the base of what are the good programs within this district. I think we need to take a hard look and analyze some bigger items.”

The school board approved all of the $283,000 non-personnel cuts Dorathy recommended. The additional $77,000 came from personnel cuts that were approved after executive session. The positions cut were two custodians, a bus driver, a food service worker, teacher’s aid and library aid. The district will also not fill open positions, such as a few assistant coaching and custodial vacancies.

The largest cut from the budget came from the at-risk funds. The district would have received $140,000 in at-risk funding from the state, but that was also cut along with the per pupil base.

Some of the larger cuts included building supply budgets ($30,000), closing buildings during Christmas and spring breaks ($26,000) and transportation ($8,000).

There will be more information in a story in Thursday’s Signal, as well as two additional stories from Monday’s meeting. They will also be available online.

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